Drive-in movies to return to Tucson



Tucson’s Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation Bringing Drive-in Movies Back To Town. (press release)

Tucson, Arizona-The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation announced today that they have revitalized their community base and are now doing a fundraiser via a Kickstarter project to bring the “drive-in experience” back to Tucson.   The Cactus Drive-In Theater Foundation is a non-profit (501C3) with plans to bring a drive-in theater back to town. Their ultimate goal is to establish a permanent, community-owned drive-in theater in Pima County. This Kickstarter project will bring them one step closer to fulfilling that dream. 

In April of this year the original founders George Cohn and Charles Spillar of the CDITF took back control of the non-profit, elected a total new board of directors, and this new energized group has revitalized the efforts to have a drive-in theater back in Tucson. Originally the Cactus Drive-In Theatre, it was renamed the DeAnza in 1977 and kept the name until its closure & destruction in 2009. Many mourned the downfall of Tucson’s last drive-in theater. As a result the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation was formed, and its Facebook page blossomed to nearly 1500 followers since April of this year and new supporters are joining daily. < >

The funds raised through this project will go towards the purchase of a large inflatable movie screen, a high-quality movie projector, and generator. These materials, paired with their existing FM transmitter and authentic restored drive-in movie speakers, will allow them to host “pop up” drive-in movie events throughout Pima County. This “pop-up” model is currently being implemented successfully in Punta Gorda, Florida to show monthly drive-in movies for their community.

When the non-profit acquires a permanent location in the future for a drive-in, CDITF will be able to continue to use the inflatable screen for several years. A special digital movie projector is required to show new, first-run movies (which is not in the scope of this Kickstarter project). Other infrastructure (a permanent snack bar, flush toilets, etc.) will be added over time.

This is the URL to participate in the Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation’s Kickstarter program.

More details about the corporation and it plans for the future can be found at their web site at

Contact: George Cohn, Media Relations,  520-437- 7760

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).